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New one-way system set to be brought in
A £34,000 shake-up of parking is on the cards that will change Otley’s pay and display sites and could create a new one-way road section.
Leeds City Council is also intending to create more on-street parking spaces, including short-stay and disabled bays close to the Post Office and library, as part of the scheme.
And a number of dropped kerbs, with tactile paving, will be introduced to help pedestrians with mobility issues, including wheelchair and pushchair users, cross the road safely.
The most significant of the improvements, which follow on from recommendations in the 2010 Otley Parking Strategy, look likely to be:
- Introducing pay and display ticketing on the currently free car parks at Burras Lane and Charles Street
- Turning the current pay and display North Parade car park into a free site
- Making Charles Street (from north to south) along with Walkergate and Nelson Street (east to west) one-way.
It is hoped the changes will make Otley more pedestrian and shopper-friendly and so boost the local economy.
The proposals are due to be implemented before next April, but councillors, who have broadly welcomed the project, would like to hear from traders and residents about any concerns before plans are finalised.
Councillor Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) said: “Residents and local businesses have been asking for a review of parking for some time.
“We managed to get the council to undertake a review of parking in Otley and these proposals are the outcome.
“They include a suggestion put forward by local traders to change which car parks are pay and display. This may cause some issues and we would like to know what residents think.”
Councillor Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) added: “Perhaps the most controversial suggestion is to make Nelson Street, Walkergate and Charles Street one way. This is in response to road safety fears, but we would like to know from residents and businesses what they think.”
The council says the aim of the pay and display changes “is to encourage a turnover of parking in the Burras Lane and Charles Street car parks allowing spaces to be available for visitors, whilst providing long stay parking for workers in the under-utilised North Parade car park.”
Town Council leader Councillor John Eveleigh (Lab, Ashfield) said: “The changes may inconvenience some people but I think the proposals reflect the changing patterns of car park use in the town centre.
“The Town Council particularly welcomes the coach parking proposals – both we and the Town Partnership have been attempting to get improved parking for coaches in the town, and we hope that as a result there will be a positive spin-off for local businesses.
“The one-way system on Walkergate and Charles Street I think will also be widely supported, as there have been many so many bumps and near misses over the years.”
The plans can be viewed in full at http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=40345.
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